Trumpet player Mario Guarneri will be the first invited professional musician coming from San Francisco who will be talking with MFM’s president Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi for MFM members and aspiring musicians, how he has as a jazz and classical professional musician supported local musicians in San Francisco by creating neighborhood performance spaces and guaranteeing them a fair wage believing that “making music and business” go hand in hand. He will provide real world advice using his experience as a musician, composer; and educator. He is the founder and artistic director of Jazz in the Neighborhood a non-profit founded in 2013.
As the case always is, Mario will open and close the talk event with a trumpet performance.
Talk Event Details
Date: May 25, 2017
Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Ticket: $10 (free for MFM members)
Location: WeWork Bryant Park (54 West 40th Street, NY, NY 10018)
Mario Guarneri Quote
“Dear colleagues, I am looking forward to speaking with you on May 25th about the challenge of choosing music as a profession. It seems like there has never been a time when this has been an easy choice, but now it is an even greater challenge. In this moment we are in a world that needs to hear honest music making more than ever. The question is, how to make a sustainable living as a professional musician outside of the current small amount of “good gigs”.
I believe we need to find alternative ideas to change the way it has been working up until now. The work of MFM is a great example of that.
An alternative for me was to establish a non-profit called Jazz in the Neighborhood, honoring the legacy and at the same time advocating for change in the perceptions held by musicians, presenters and the musical public. I look forward to speaking with you about our history, mission and vision.”
In this talk event, he will cover specifically:
- Why he founded “Jazz In The Neighborhood,” and will give some advice to NY musicians how they should deal with venues in order to get booked,
- How the present SF’s jazz and classical music scenes look like, especially reg. playing opportunities in clubs/festivals/orchestras and other venues,
- Whether the musicians union Local 6 has some power to protect musicians’ rights. Is it popular among SF musicians and has any impact on musicians’ lives?,
- Whether musicians’ rights are taught and discussed at his school and among his peers, such as Fair Trade Music Seattle, FAIR PAY FAIR PLAY ACT, support for National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), Internet piracy, change of Copyright Law, equal pay for female musician, etc.
- How he would define a professional musician
About Mario Guarneri
Mario Guarneri has done everything from playing Dixieland with Louis Armstrong at the age of thirteen to performing in the Los Angeles Philharmonic for fifteen seasons under conductors Zubin Mehta and Carlo Maria Giulini. He was principal trumpet for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for a decade, toured Europe with the Los Angeles Brass Quintet, and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, and the Barnum & Bailey Circus.
In addition, he has recorded solo and brass quintet albums on the Crystal and Nonesuch labels, one of which was nominated for the Prix de Rome, Mario has played on hundreds of television and motion picture soundtracks, and was the featured soloist on Lonesome Dove and Godfather III.
In 1986, he developed the Buzz Extension and Resistance Piece (B.E.R.P.) for all brass instruments, www.berp.com. The Berp is a dynamic advancement in brass pedagogy, and is recognized as one of the most efficient brass practice tools in the world. Mario has lectured extensively on the Berp concept in Europe and Asia and at music conventions across the country, including the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic, Texas Music Educators Association, the International Trumpet Guild, and New York Brass Conference.
Mario has taught trumpet for more than fifty years, including master classes in Asia and Europe, and is currently an instructor at the San Francisco Conservatory. He performs and records regularly with his jazz quartet in the San Francisco area, and has established a worldwide reputation as a creative musician. He is the founder and artistic director of Jazz in the Neighborhood, www.jazzintheneighborhood.org a non-profit founded in 2013.